Welcome to the Caving Club at Indiana University!
The CCIU provides students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to crawl around in holes in the ground while practicing cave conservation. Our monthly trips offer members of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy a safe caving experience with qualified guides. We even provide a helmet and light for the novice!
Next Meeting: Thursday, March 6, 7:30 pm in Geology room 143
We meet the first Thursday of every month at 7:30pm in Geology room 143 (except for January and May through August). Our meetings have programs on a wide array of cave-related subjects. We encourage our members to share their caving experiences and offer input on what the club does.
Dues are $10 per calendar year. These dues include use of club gear (helmets and helmet-mounted lights) and the opportunity to go on CCIU-led caving trips. You must be a paid member prior to participating in any club trips.
At the March meeting, Melissa Fitzpatrick, our illustrious secretary, will present topics [about the] Cave Biology and Ecosystems course taught by Western Kentucky University at Mammoth Cave during the summer. The presentation will include a quick introduction of karst geology at Mammoth Cave, some natural history of cave biology like crayfish, bats, and insects, and a quick overview of a few monitoring projects coordinated by cave enthusiasts from Western Kentucky University.
Melissa took this course last summer as part WKU's Karst Field Studies Program. Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or
continuing education credit. Courses may also be taken as non-credit workshops. More information can be found here:
Karst Field Studies